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Mentoring Teachers: Navigating the Real-World Tensions



Mentoring Teachers: Navigating the Real-World Tensions

Ann Lieberman, Susan Hanson, Janet Gless, Ellen Moir (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-470-87412-7 December 2011 Jossey-Bass 192 Pages


A useful guide for teacher mentors as they face new and difficult challenges in their work

New teachers often struggle to apply their knowledge in real-world settings, and the idea of mentoring these teachers during their first years in the classroom has captured the imagination of schools all over the world. Drawn from the experiences over the last twenty years of the New Teacher Center, the book illuminates the subtleties and struggles of becoming an excellent, effective mentor. The book discusses the five big tensions of mentoring: developing a new identity, developing trusting relationships, accelerating teacher growth, mentoring in challenging contexts, and learning leadership skills.

  • Describes in-depth the most common challenges of the mentor role
  • A wonderful guide for both new and veteran mentors
  • Includes engaging firsthand narratives written by mentors working in a variety of settings

This book is from the New Teacher Center, an organization whose highly respected mentor training model has served over 50,000 teachers nationwide. The New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders through comprehensive mentoring and professional development programs.


STORY ONE: TheWaiting Place 65
Leslie Baldacci

STORY TWO: Fired, Hired, and Inspired 81
Kathleen Aldred

STORY THREE: Finding a Way 105
Mary Eldred

STORY FOUR: Savior, Friend, Mentor 121
Frank Pantano

Conclusion: What Can We Learn? 141

Appendix: Mentor Prompts 147

Index 155